The visionary developer, Robert E. Simon Jr., passed away earlier this week in Reston, Virginia, the planned community he designed outside Washington. In his 101 years he watched urban planning and design evolve from Victorian influences to full professionalism expressed in the New Urbanism movement we know today.
|Robert E. Simon|
|First phase of Reston: Lake Anne, Lake Anne Village and Heron House, 1963|
|Seaside, Florida, location for the film, The Truman Show|
|New Town at St. Charles, Missouri, 2008|
The modern livable community may seem elusive but a fine blending of residences, businesses, recreational opportunities and transportation systems in a landscape can be raised to the remarkable. Granted, the examples here are costly. On the other hand, the design principles you see can be applied to almost economic spectrum. For that, we can thank Robert E. Simon for helping us see the possibilities of people living in communities designed in nature.
Robert E. Simon Jr., environementguru.com
Lake Anne Village, anonymous photo, George Mason University Repository Center
New Town, newtownatstcharles.com